Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has urged the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) with the responsibility of curbing accidents on roads.
The Governor, who enjoined the union on Friday in Ilorin as they paid him a courtesy visit, spoke about the increasing Road Traffic Crash (RTC) on the Ilorin-Jebba-Mokwa road axis.
He appealed to leaders of transport unions to caution their members and enlighten people against excessive speed.
“We are fixing old and constructing new roads across the state. I must also commend President Muhammadu Buhari for the construction of Jebba-Mokwa road. It is one of the best roads in Nigeria now.
“But I want to appeal to leaders of transport unions to caution their members against excessive speed. The rate of accidents on the road is alarming.
“We have received complaints from FRSC and some hospitals on the rising cases of accidents on the road and I want to appeal to all of you, including other road users, to be conscious on the road so as to avert accidents” he said.
The Governor further asked the union to create a committee that would serve as a link between the government and the union. Also, he applauded the role played by the NURTW and other transport stakeholders in the economy of the state, assuring them that his administration will not neglect members of the transport section.
The State Chairman of the NURTW, Alhaji Abdulrazaq Ariwoola, also applauded the governor’s effort at ensuring security in the state, and appreciated the administration’s investment in road and other basic amenities.